Jay I had not heard Tom's message that "anything over 6 is not a group". I think that is an excellent observation about the group dynamics of sea kayakers. It becomes increasingly true as conditions worsen. Chris Duff mentioned several times that in dire conditions he had a 12 foot sphere of awareness. How many group members fit in that? Thinking more and an elevated level of situational awareness, while on the water, are never bad things.
The Connyak BBS